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Feeding Toddlers Made Easy Podcast

Where you share real life struggles with your toddler and you get real life solutions.

I'm Kacie Barnes, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and mom of two. This podcast features short, impactful episodes that tell you exactly what you need to know to get your little ones to eat better and make feeding them easier on you.

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Latest Episodes

51: Simplify & Streamline Your Time in the Kitchen [feat. Kate Strickler @naptimekitchen]

This week I picked the brain of Kate Strickler from Nap Time Kitchen, mom of 4 and cooking lover. She and I have bonded over working smarter not harder, and finding joy in your home no matter its size or decor (or lack thereof).

In this episode, you’ll be inspired to let go of unrealistic expectations for yourself and lean into the season of life you are in. Kate’s insight and passion for reducing the burden on moms will leave you feeling more supported in your home life. And, you’ll get actionable tips on how to make your kitchen work better for you (without having to buy a thing). Check out her Home Reset, the first episode is free!

50: “No one dreads mealtimes anymore!” [feat. picky eater parents Sarah & Ryan]

If you have a picky eater and ever wondered, “is there any future in which I don’t feel like I’m failing at mealtimes? Will I ever be free from stressing over everything they refuse to eat?”

Sarah and Ryan, parents of 2 kiddos, one being a very picky eater, talk about all the improvements they’ve experienced in their home after taking the Simple Steps to Picky Wins course. Listen in to hear what has changed for them!

49: As a mom, is therapy right for me? [Feat. Ashurina Ream of Psyched Mommy]

Mental health is one of my #1 priorities because I’ve gone through my own journey that has freed me to live life the way I want to. Today’s special guest is the founder of an extremely popular social media account, Dr. Ashurina Ream of Psyched Mommy.

Regardless of whether you became a mom yesterday or 10 years ago, today’s episode is for all moms who are curious to hear about:

  • How do you know if you need therapy?
  • What are common reasons that moms seek out therapy
  • Is there a certain type of therapy to look for? Or a certain level of credentials in a therapist?
  • How do you find a therapist?
  • What if you don’t like your therapist? How do you tell them?
  • How do you know if therapy is going to work?
  • What resources are out there for people who can’t afford therapy or their insurance doesn’t cover it?

Click here for full show notes.

48: Toddler weight: what does it all mean? [Ft. Dr. Mona Amin]

Growth charts from the pediatrician may leave you with some questions or concerns, so I talked with pediatrician Dr. Mona Amin from @pedsdoctalk all about toddler weight and what you actually need to know about their percentile.

Disclaimer: this is for educational purposes only, please consult your child’s healthcare provider for any concerns related to their health.

Here is what we will cover:

  • What is a growth chart and why does it matter?
  • All the things you might hear at your doctors office
  • What it means if they are high or low on the chart
  • Problems with labeling kids based on their percentiles
  • Higher percentile versus being overweight
  • Lower percentile versus being underweight
  • Should you be weighing your child at home?
  • Should I be worried if my child is above 100% or a very low percentile?

Click here for full show notes.

47: How to know if your baby has food allergies (& what to do!) [feat. Meghan McMillin, RDN, IBCLC @the.lactation.dietitian]

Food allergies scared the poop out of me when I was a first time mom with a baby, and it’s one of those things that the more you know about it, the less afraid you will be, and honestly it’ll be less likely your baby develops severe food allergies when you know more about it because early introduction is hugely important. Today we’re talking to Meghan McMillin, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), she’s also a mom to kids with food allergies so I could not think of a better person to talk to about all of this.

In this episode we cover…

  • What are the signs and symptoms of food allergies in babies?
  • Could the symptoms be caused by something else besides food, too?
  • If they are breastfeed, what foods in your diet could cause symptoms?
  • How do you successfully do an elimination diet when breastfeeding a baby with potential food allergies?

This episode was sponsored by Skout Organic. Create your own box of delicious snack bars for your kids here and use code KACIE for 20% off.

46: What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Beef

Since beef is something people often think they need to restrict or avoid, I asked special guest & nutrition expert Keli Hawthorne, MS, RD to share what the research says about beef, specifically for young kids!

Keli Hawthorne is a Registered Dietitian and the Director for Clinical Research for the Department of Pediatrics at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin.

In this episode, I asked Keli about:

  • the health benefits of beef and which cuts she recommends
  • the differences between organic and grass-fed beef
  • how much beef is appropriate for babies and young children, and
  • how to serve beef to your littles

Click here for full show notes.



This is the best podcast I’ve ever listened to. I was lost before I found this. When are you starting your daily segment on the third hour of the Today Show?


Please put out more podcasts! I can’t get enough of your helpful tips and creativity. It’s so nice to listen to someone who really knows kids and nutrition!


I’ve been listening to this podcast in my morning walks and it’s been a lifesaver!!!! Easy to do and super informative!

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